Ebola Expert Panel on Infection Control Convened

Megan Reilly

Professor Lyn Gilbert has recently been appointed chair of an Expert Advisory Panel to provide the best available infection prevention and control expertise and advice to the Communicable Disease Network Australia (CDNA – State and Territory health department communicable disease branch reps) and the Australian Health Protection Primary Committee (AHPPC = chief health officers, chaired by Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Baggoley).

Membership of the panel includes four Infection Control Professionals, four Infectious Diseases Physicians, an Epidemiologist/Public Health Physician and a hospital operations person.  The aim of the panel is to provide the best possible evidence (or expert consensus if evidence is lacking) to the CDNA and AHPPC about how best to care for any Australian patient unfortunate enough to be infected with Ebola and ensure that the healthcare workers who look after them and the community remain safe.

Further information is available on the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control home page https://www.acipc.org.au/